Mary J. Blige attended the much-anticipated Met Gala last night (otherwise known as the Oscars of the East).
- And boy, the 52-year-old singer certainly brought her fashion A-game, wearing her signature look of thigh high boots—which totally showed off her toned legs. And that custom Burberry dress was killer, too!
- To stay as fit as she is, Mary eats a predominantly plant-based diet and works out with a trainer at least four times a week.
The 52-year-old singer made it clear she wasn’t messing around in a custom Burberry leotard-jacket combination that showed off her seriously strong legs and a peek of her toned abs. Mary paired the look with thigh-high boots and dangly earrings. Naturally, she shared several photos of herself posing in the look on Instagram, and they’re a total mood.
People were all over it in the comments: “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhmazing 😍,” said Tamar Braxton. While Busta Rhymes chimed in with. “👑👑👑👑👑”
Mary also dropped video of herself posing in the ’fit on Instagram. It slooowly scrolls up, from her toes to her legs to her head, showing off how epic this look really was.
So…what’s Mary doing these days to be so strong? She previously told Health magazine that while she’s not the biggest fan of exercise, she still puts in the work. “I like to look a certain way. So I have to do what I have to do,” she said. “I do a lot of weights—heavy lifting. It keeps everything firm.”
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Mary told SELF magazine that she starts her morning with a prayer, before getting dressed and going to the gym. “I drink a protein shake. I drink a lot of water. I try to drink at least half a gallon of water at the gym,” she said.
She also exercises four times a week with a trainer. “It’s full body,” she said of her training sessions. “Sometimes I’ll tell them, okay, well, let’s concentrate on the legs, well let’s concentrate on the arms, or let’s go hard on the abs.” But she switches to focus on cardio by the end of the week. “I mean, you have to train like an athlete,” she said. “This is the game.”
On the food front, Mary told Health that she focuses on protein and veggies. “I eat a lot of protein,” she said. “I drink a green juice every day. I’ve been a vegetable eater since I was a kid.” Mary also shared with SELF that fish and salads are in heavy rotation. “Through the day I try to eat as healthy as possible,” she added.
Worth noting: Mary is big on self-love, too. “That’s learning how to love and hug yourself and say, ‘You know what? I love you, Mary. I love you, Beautiful. I love you, Gorgeous. I love you, Smart Woman. I love you, Talented Woman,’” she told Health. “That’s a practice I do every single day.”
Keep on doing you, Mary J.!
Korin Miller is a freelance writer specializing in general wellness, sexual health and relationships, and lifestyle trends, with work appearing in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Self, Glamour, and more. She has a master’s degree from American University, lives by the beach, and hopes to own a teacup pig and taco truck one day.